A Big Step towards Zero-Waste, a Giant Leap for Nature

Mr. Crispian Lau, the head of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (#PARMS), recently announced that a group of its members, including some of the country's largest multinational corporations, have committed to financing the recovery and diversion of plastic waste packaging, as well as address leakages to nature while continuing to work on redesigning packaging for a circular economy to ensure that future generations still have a viable place to live in.

PARMS has emerged as a leading voice in the waste management field that brings together the private sector, non-profits, academic institutions, and the public sector in finding systemic solutions in waste management.

The EPR is a critical element in this initiative which aims to implement a holistic & comprehensive program that fuels segregation and a waste-capture-conscious society to increase resource recovery and reduce landfill dependence towards zero-waste.

For more information about EPR, please view the images below.

This is a work in progress and we believe that progress happens by bringing people together. People, who have the drive and the influence to make a positive change. The implementation of EPR is major progress and will bring more people and organizations together towards our vision of a zero-waste community.

This program is expected to benefit not just the environment but our economy as well. There is an estimated PHP 15 billion infrastructure investment for new recycling and waste diversion facilities that will create 4,000 new “green jobs” and generate PHP 5.2 billion annual income for the informal waste sector and barangay material recovery facilities.

This program will work with the ongoing efforts of various organizations on the ground that are already diverting plastic wastes from our landfills and our oceans. Organizations such as Pure Oceans and TrashCashPH, which were recently awarded a grant by the United Nations Development Program - Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge #EPPIC for their amazing efforts in helping small islands in the country while diverting marine litter to something more useful.

As the EPR progresses, we are excited to see more people and organizations get involved and we hope to feature some of them in our upcoming articles. Stay tuned for more updates and information with the latest news on zero-waste here in the Philippines.

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[video caption:] Mr. Crispian Lau, head of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) shared the Roadmap for their Zero-Waste to Nature Ambisyon 2030 initiative during the webinar series entitled “Project Rebound”  hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer last January 26, 2022.

Some throwback photos of our Zero-Waste Journey with PARMS:

[Photo caption: Officers and members of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) including Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, and Nestle signed a pledge wall to symbolize their commitment to protect and preserve our environment during the ICCPH Environmental Summit held at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.]

[Photo caption: “Reimagine Recycling: A Forum for the Future” organized by Save Philippine Seas in partnership with Coca-Cola Philippines which aims to enhance and strengthen the waste value chain in the Philippines by identifying efforts and gaps, building and nurturing networks among different sectors and identifying areas of collaboration.]

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About the Author

Zed Avecilla is the Managing Director of the Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation, a subsidiary of the Lighthouse Marina Resort in Subic Bay Freeport, an awardee of the ANAHAW Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification by Zero Carbon Resorts. He is also the Area Coordinator for the International Coastal Cleanup in Zambales since 2009.

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